Vaccine programme moves to phase two

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout in England has entered a new phase, as the health secretary told the BBC a jab has been offered to everyone in the UK’s top four priority groups.

This means that the first four priority groups, those aged over 70 and the clinically extremely vulnerable, have all been invited to receive the first dose of the vaccine.

just over 537,000 have received the second and final dose of a coronavirus vaccine, meaning they have maximum protection from the virus.

It is 69 days since the UK began its mass vaccination programme.

Cathedrals, mosques, and even football stadiums are being used as vaccination centres

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As well as the over-65s, the next group to be offered the vaccine is the estimated 7.3 million people aged 16 to 65 with a range of health conditions that put them at risk from the virus.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation defines clinically vulnerable people as those with conditions including chronic respiratory disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma.

Adult carers of disabled people with these conditions, and younger adults in care homes, are also part of this group.

It further includes people with chronic heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, severe lung conditions, severe learning disabilities and mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.



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